NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Emma Whitehead
2023 MFA Directing Emma Whitehead

About Emma

Emma is a director, creative producer, and performer from London, UK, grateful to be living and creating work on unceded Bidjigal land. She is the founder and artistic director of experimental company Lost Thought.

Emma has eclectic interests within theatre, dance, opera, contemporary art, interactive installation, and durational performance. Recently she has been bringing new writing to life on Australian stages, such as Brooke Robinson’s The Chocolate Roster at the New Theatre (2022).

Emma trained in multi-disciplinary performance making and devising at University of Warwick, UK, where she won The Lord Rootes Memorial Fund Major Award for her photography expedition to The Republic of Tajikistan. She holds BA(Hons) Theatre and Performance Studies and MA International Cultural Policy and Management.

NIDA highlights include directing Shook by Samuel Bailey (NIDA x ACA), brand-new cabaret act Jono, and Charlene the Sex Doll, and music video Frogs by TEND1E ft. WheresCCINO (NIDA x Triple J x rage - Assistant Directing for Clemmie Williams on The Magic Flute (NIDA x Sydney Conservatorium), combined with a directing secondment at Opera Holland Park in London has cemented Emma’s continued interest in evolving opera in content and format for modern audiences.

Emma is the recipient of The Frank Thring Scholarship for skill, expertise, and achievement.